If you weren’t there, you missed what may have been the best fantasy camp ever. Not only were we back in Dodgertown, Vero Beach where the fields were great and the facility was just as we left it in 2008, but the new additions made this edition one to remember.
A total of 95 campers and over 20 coaches were on hand for this one. "This has been the most enjoyable and most relaxing camp ever," reflected veteran instructor Jeff Torborg. "And the addition of the Yankees made it something special."
Yes, the Yankee experiment was a huge success as campers and coaches from both camps had nothing but positive things to say. From the traditional welcome cocktail party that even a slight drizzle and move indoors couldn’t dampen to a first time All Star game that went down to the final out before a winner was determined, this truly was a camp to remember. Rookies now know what the veterans mean when they say “it never gets old!”
Some of the week’s highlights included meeting new coaches like Guidry, Rasmussen, White, Leyritz, Davis, Skowron, Pagliarulo, Whitaker, sharing the locker room with the likes of Turley, Gibbs, Kubek, Larsen, Howard, Gossage and Zimmer. And hearing these guys interact with our beloved coaches Davis, Torborg, Yeager, Monday, Russell, Cey and Reuss was truly something to behold. Just ask our first time coaches Lenny Harris and Kenny Landreaux, who themselves can’t wait for the next camp. The overall competition was as even as it can get as both the Dodgers and Yankees went an even 6-6 in head to head competition. Even the final game went down to the bottom of the 9th with two out and bases loaded for the Dodgers All Stars before the Yankees closed it out. Final score 9-8.
But maybe the biggest highlight was a surprise appearance by Dodger great Sandy Koufax who joined his friends and former teammates in the locker room and at the Big Game to say hello and reminisce with Dodgers and Yankees alike.
It can’t be said too much. This was one great week.